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Northwest Health Promotion

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Health Councils

The Northwest Region Health Promotion supports 10 Health Councils. Seven councils are located within the counties they serve, and three councils are tribal health councils. Each of the Health Councils in the Northwest Region have developed their list of working health priorities, listed below, which they will address this coming cycle

Acoma Health Council serving Acoma Pueblo

  • Healthy Food Nutrition Access
  • besity and Diabetes Education
  • Substance Abuse
  • Youth Risk, Social Media
  • Training in Schools

Health Equity Council serving Bernalillo County and Albuquerque

  • Capacity Building/Strategic Planning
  • Child Abuse/Elder Abuse Neglect
  • Healthy Food Nutrition/Access
  • Mental/Behavioral Health/Substance Abuse
  • Sexual Violence/Suicide
  • Obesity/Diabetes Education
  • Accountable Communities Initiative
  • Race, Economic, Social injustices
  • Violence/Homicides

Cibola County Health Council serving the Grants Area

  • Physician Recruitment and Retention
  • Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities
  • Obesity/Diabetes Education
  • Substance Abuse
  • Youth Risk/Social Media
  • Training in Schools

Cochiti Health Council serving Cochiti Pueblo

  • Capacity Building/Sustainability
  • Healthy Food and Nutrition
  • Alcohol Abuse
  • Substance Abuse/Suicide
  • Youth Risk/Training in Schools

McKinley Community Health Alliance serving the Gallup area

  • Mental/Behavioral Health
  • Substance Abuse
  • Racial, Economic, Social Injustices

Sandoval County Health Council serving Rio Rancho and Sandoval County

  • Strategic Planning/Capacity Building
  • Youth Risk
  • Training in Schools

San Juan County Community Health Improvement Council serving the Farmington and Shiprock area

  • Capacity Building & Sustainability
  • Food Access, Healthy Communities
  • Youth Risk

To’ Hajiillee Health Council serving To’ Hajiillee Navajo Reservation

  • Strategic Planning/Capacity Building
  • Alcohol Abuse/Suicide
  • Mental/Behavioral Health

Partnership for a Healthy Torrance County serving Torrance County

  • Healthy Food and Nutrition
  • Mental/Behavioral Health
  • Underage Drinking

Community Wellness Council serving Valencia County

  • Reducing Substance Misuse
  • Healthy Eating Active Living
  • Behavioral Health
  • Violence Prevention


The success of the Health Promotion in the Northwest Region is dependent on a strong NMDOH team, and a network of reliable, knowledgeable partners. The Health Promotion Team supports health and wellness throughout the communities in the Northwest Region. Identifying and partnering with local coalitions and organizations, strengthening these available resources and building these organizations for increasing their capacities and involvement has helped our Health Promotion Team work to advocate for better health outcomes and increased health improvement efforts.


The Northwest Region Health Promotion Team has been very fortunate in partnering with internal and external partners to make effective changes in the Northwest Region. The Northwest Region has a variety of health initiatives within the region. These are dependent upon the population location being in a more rural setting, on tribal lands, or if the population location is closer to the metropolitan areas having access to Albuquerque, Gallup, Rio Rancho, Farmington, Los Lunas and Belen.

Center for Health Innovation’s new department: New Mexico Community Data Collaborative (NMCDC) — provides data mapping and training for community members to access and analyze public data. Covid recovery grants are fueling community-led interventions to improve health equity broadly speaking and vaccine equity in the immediate future. Other projects have included a portal for farmers and gardeners on data utilization and GIS mapping for water wells, contaminated soil areas such as abandoned uranium mine sites. Long range plans include working with the Navajo Nation and retrieve data sets and utilize as an additional layer to the NMCDC web site. NMCDC has also supported Health Promotion to accurately story map youth services with risk and resilience measures in Valencia.

Family Connects New Mexico — a universal nurse home visiting model, is being supported by Health Promotion staff as part of the team that is planning, aligning with community and launching this new service in New Mexico with UNM. There are plans to scale up with proper buy-in, funding, and fidelity to the model. Population health improvements have been shown at large scale implementation and this is an evidence-based model.

Health Equity Partnerships (HEP) — works in tandem with Health Promotion to provide technical assistance to Global 505 HIA Study on, ‘Language as a Bare Minimum to Support Health of Immigrant and Refugee Families Report’.

Northwest New Mexico Campaign Against Racism — Health Promotion is part of a design team to establish a chapter of this consortium in San Juan County area and begin plans for strategic planning.

Local Food, Local Places (LFLP) Technical Assistance — in partnership together with Health Equity Partnerships (HEP), provide technical assistance to Global 505 HIA Study on, ‘Language as a Bare Minimum to Support Health of Immigrant and Refugee Families Report’. This report is in a draft phase, with plans to release it in July 2018.

REACH Coalition — This organization operates as one of their initiatives, the Fruits and Vegetables Program in working with Indian Health Services to promote access and availability of healthy eating options for fresh fruits and vegetables with local retailers in the communities.

Presbyterian Community Health has funded the Community Wellness Council in Valencia County to hold public forums on topics related to their community-selected priorities. Quarterly CRUNCHes (Collaborative RUN-downs on Community Health) have included Access to Care, Mental Health Treatment, Violence Prevention, Child Abuse and Neglect, Healthy Eating Active Living, Elder Health, Youth Resiliency, Substance Use Prevention and Poly Substance Use Harm Reduction.

New Mexico State University Anna Age Eight Institute e has partnered with Community Wellness Council in Valencia to implement 100% Communities as their Health Equity Framework. Their 10-Task Force approach to systems change is ongoing and driving real work at the community level. Over 120 people are involved in community-owned work around creating 100% access for all families for 10 Surviving and Thriving services. This is demonstrated in part by the Community Wellness Council’s commitment to surveying local residents about access to care and improving that access by developing a vetted local resource directory including an asset map linked to other statewide resources including 211, Share New Mexico and the New Mexico Crisis and Access Line.

Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities works with the Obesity, Nutrition and Physical Activity Program (ONAPA) and PHD Chronic Disease Program to assess five school districts within Sandoval County through developing School Wellness policies in Rio Rancho and Bernalillo Public schools.

Alternative Education Setting (AES) Technical Assistance — coordinates and organizes educational sessions on substance abuse and teen pregnancy prevention in Sandoval County working with the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board for Rio Rancho and Bernalillo Public Schools.

Partnership for Healthy Torrance Community focuses on Walkability Assessments, maps of Trails for villages of Estancia, Mountainair, Moriarty and Edgewood. Trails for East Mountain Regional Area. They support a Food Security Committee for community gardens, nutrition, cooking and canning classes.

Community Schools associated with Albuquerque Public Schools and School of Dreams Academy —Health Promotion staff sit on advisory committees that launch and sustain the work of applying for and implementing this placed based model of one-stop shop service delivery with the explicit goal of addressing Social Determinants of Health.

Intimate Partner Violence, a Collective Impact Approach — Staff assist with steering committees, data requests, communications and school partnerships.